This is second hunter-harvested CWD-positive deer in Montcalm County; three additional suspect positives awaiting confirmation
AMES, Iowa – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced today that the 1.5-yearold buck, harvested last month in Sidney Township (Montcalm County), was confirmed positive for chronic wasting disease by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa. This is the 11th case of CWD to be confirmed in a free-ranging deer in Michigan.
Since the harvest of that deer, three additional suspect positive deer – all from Montcalm County, in Pine, Reynolds and Sidney townships – are awaiting confirmation. Montcalm County is in the Western Lower Peninsula, bordered by Kent, Ionia, Gratiot, Isabella, Mecosta and Newaygo counties.
“Thank you to these hunters for checking their deer, which is required for these areas. Hunter assistance is critical in the ongoing fight against the spread of CWD,” said Chad Stewart, DNR deer specialist. “The response from hunters so far shows a strong willingness to help, and it’s clear that more hunters are committed to getting their deer tested.”
There are three Core CWD Areas that have mandatory check. To determine if a hunting location is within a mandatory check area, or to find the nearest DNR deer check station, visit michigan.gov/cwd.
“In a short amount of time, without many deer tested from these areas, we are finding more CWDpositive deer,” Stewart said. “This is concerning. We cannot emphasize enough how important it is for hunters from the surrounding areas that are outside of mandatory check locations to have their deer tested, too.”
To learn more about chronic wasting disease, visit michigan.gov/ cwd.